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Jan 19, 2013 1:30pm EST
south vietnamese government. millions of civilians were killed, as well as over 58,000 american soldiers. like the war itself, the memorial caused controversy. it was designed by maya lin, a young architecture student from yale university. her drawings were selected out of a thousand others in a national design competition. >> maya lin's design was very controversial because, at that time, there really wasn't anything similar to it at all. americans were typically thinking of a statue of a human being that would show, in this particular, case vietnam veterans at war. instead, you had "the wall," as it's commonly referred to now, with the names on it. very different. >> the long black wall slopes down and then upward. the names are engraved in chronological order, according to the date when the soldiers died. >> as you slowly walk down the walkways that are adjacent to the two walls, you are all of a sudden consumed or subsumed by the enormity of those names, and that all of these people, americans, died during the vietnam war. >> but some people found the wall too grim and abstr
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